St. Louis Fed’s FRED Boasts More than 500,000 Data Series

September 12, 2017

FRED®, or Federal Reserve Economic Data, topped the half-million mark in data series.

The signature economic database of the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis began in 1991 as a dial-up electronic bulletin board with 30 data series. Today, FRED offers more than 500,000 series, which are accessed online by users worldwide.

“Hitting 500,000 series is a milestone for FRED,” said Keith Taylor, the senior coordinator of the St. Louis Fed’s Research Datadesk. “We’re regularly adding new data, so I’m excited to see how much FRED will grow by this time next year.”

FRED’s mission is to make economic data easily accessible to researchers, analysts, students, journalists and others. FRED regularly adds new data series and crossed the threshold last week to more than 500,000 U.S. and international time series from 87 sources.

Learn more about FRED at the upcoming FRED Q&A on the St. Louis Fed Twitter handle, @stlouisfed. From 9:30 to 10 a.m. Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, you can ask FRED anything. What’s the most popular FRED series? Why is FRED light blue? How often are new series added to FRED? We’ll have a team of experts from the FRED data desk ready to respond to the questions you’ve been eager to ask about Federal Reserve Economic Data. Just shoot us a question about FRED, and be sure to use the hashtag #AskFRED.

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